WASHINGTON: In the wake of the
, US National Security Adviser John
told his counterpart
on Friday that America supports India’s right to self-defense as both sides vowed to work together to ensure that Pakistan ceases to be a safe haven for JeM and other terror groups
Doval and Bolton held a telephonic conversation on Friday evening during which they resolved to hold Pakistan to account for its obligations under UN resolutions and remove all obstacles to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader
Masood Azhar as a global terrorist +
, The Foreign Affairs Ministry (EAM) said in New Delhi.
India to hold talks with US for ban on Jaish chief Masood Azhar
After China blocked a US-backed proposal in 2017 to designate Azhar a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, it has been warned of bringing more support from China. The US is aware that another resolution, in the face of unrelenting Chinese opposition, can be the best in the country.
It said that Bolton supported India’s right to self-defense against cross-border terrorism and offered all assistance to India to bring the perpetrators and backers of the attack promptly to justice.
The call was initiated by the US side to express condolence and outrage over the Pulwama attack by Pakistan-based terrorist group JeM.
At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a JeM suicide bombman rammed into a vehicle carrying 100 kg of explosives
Response to Pulwama attack: Precision air strikes the favoured option
The dominant feeling is that the government needs to seriously consider options for limited cross-border strikes to compel Islamabad to change its behavior. The military options, short of going to war, could range from ‘shallow’ ground-based attacks and occupation of some heights along the LoC to restricted but precision air strikes against ‘non-state targets’ in PoK.
Bolton said, “I told Ajit Doval today that we support India’s right to self-defense. I have spoken to him twice, including this morning … and expressed the US ‘condolences over the terrorist attack,” Bolton said.
He said the US has been very clear to Pakistan on ending support to terrorist safe havens.
“We have been very clear on that score … and, we are going to discussions in the Pakistanis,” the US NSA said.
Earlier, the White House and the Secretary of State
asked Pakistan to end its support to terrorists in the country
“We stand with India as it confronts terrorism. Pakistan should not provide safe haven for terrorists to threaten international security,” Pompeo said on Twitter.
The US condemns yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack on Indian security forces. My thoughts and prayers are with th … https://t.co/J2AUcRrO9o
– Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) 1550254829000
In a stern message to Pakistan, the White House asked Islamabad to “immediately end” its “support” to all terror groups and not to provide “safe haven” to them, as the US condemned the cruel Pulwama terror attack.
Pakistan-based JeM has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.
“The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediate the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a late night statement on Thursday.